Why I finally told my story of burn-out

 



By the time I saw this quote on social media, it was too late.  I needed this advice at the start of my 20-year teaching career, not when it was over.  I never practiced self-care even when I experienced some major life events.  Self-care was just not part of my vocabulary.

When I left teaching in 2015, I didn't realize at the time that I had actually burned out.  Jokingly, I told my colleagues I was retiring.  To be honest, I felt weak because I couldn't and didn't want to teach any longer but I also felt sad because teaching ESL was a career I had loved.  

Sometime in 2017,  I started to read about teacher stress and burn-out. I had no idea that there was actually a Maslach Teacher Inventory to measure burn-out!  Nor did I know how frequently teachers were leaving the profession. I wasn't alone but I wondered if there was something I could have done differently to avoid burn-out.

When I googled teacher well-being, it lead...

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